Ready to add some flair to your Boston video production? While comedy is a challenging beast due to its subjective nature, there are a few tried and true methods that can appeal to broad audiences. Here are a few tricks and tips to try during and after a Boston video company shoot to get some laughs.
As funny as a witty line of dialogue may be, after a certain point, the actor responsible for said line will no longer find it as funny as when they first read it. This can be counterproductive to comedic impact; eventually, the delivery of said line will feel disingenuous and lose its initial power from the first few takes. To get around this, try encouraging an actor to spitball a few different versions of the line with a few word changes or additions in the heat of the scene. If you’re forced to call “cut,” because the actors break into laughter from the improvised lines, you’re on the right track for a funny Boston video production.
Comedy often sparks from the disruption of the status quo, which translates to a scene being interrupted or derailed by a sudden occurrence. An easy way to do this is to have a character barge into a scene, unannounced and unwarranted. “The Office” and “Parks and Rec” love to do these kinds of character entrances, thanks to their quick timing and sense of spontaneity. This also applies to characters exiting a scene. In one of the SVG intern videos, Jason’s character dashes out of a room as Nicolette is trying to warn him about his vain video attempt, but he leaves too quickly to hear what she has to say. British comedies will sometimes have characters exit frame by crashing through an object, such as a window, just to give another example.
Break the 4th Wall
The “4th wall” refers to the metaphysical concept of the barrier between performer and audience member. This concept is typically not meant to be addressed during a work of art, (especially film) because it can completely eliminate the sense of immersion. However, when used effectively and regularly, there is great potential for comedy. This is something that Martin Scorsese does in many of his films (ex: Wolf of Wall Street) by having the main character address the audience, thus breaking through the wall of the film medium. A quick note: this trick only works for fictional projects, so don’t expect an everyday Boston YouTube interview to be able to pull this off.
Rhythm of the Cut
For comedic video production services, post-production work must also be given apt attention. Editing becomes crucial because it decides the pacing of jokes in a given video. Sometimes, when this pattern is broken or interrupted, a particular joke can become even stronger. A great example of this is the power of the awkward pause. The audience is used to a cut for each punchline, but if you just extend the shot and don’t make the cut, the awkwardness in a scene can become palpable and really add to the humor.
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